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AIN'T IT GRAND?
9/18/17
On the occasion of their Grand Ole Opry debut, Warner Music Nashville’s The Last Bandoleros pose for this cheerful pic with their team, after which everyone donned their Minnie Pearl hats with price tags attached. Seen are (l-r) Opry Director of Marketing Dan Rogers, Paradigm’s Kevin Kastrup, WMN VP Artist Development Justin Luffman, the band’s Jerry Fuentes, Emilio Navaira, Diego Navaira and Derek James, WMN boss John Esposito and PR Director Mary Catherine Rebrovick and manager/Cherrytree Music Company Chairman Martin Kierszenbaum. The band recently dropped sizzling new single “River Man.”
BOOK LEARNING
9/15/17
If you've been getting your Americana on, you'll certainly appreciate these pics of two more rabid readers of the Holly Gleason-curated essay anthology Woman Walk the Line. On the left, the astonishingly gifted Rhiannon Giddens brandishes the collection; while at right the brilliant Nashville star Brantley Gilbert pores over its pages. The volume (published by UT Press) contains pieces on the most influential women in country music by an array of superb writers (including Holly herself). Rhiannon will be helping to translate it into Gaelic.
COUNTRY CARES FOR KIDS AT THE GRAND OL' OPRY
9/14/17
Capitol Nashville's Luke Bryan with special guest and presenter Kael and hit series Nashville's Clare Bowen Wednesday (9/13) saw the Country community rallying for the kids of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital with Country Cares for St. Jude Kids at the historic Grand Ol' Opry in Nashville. As September is Chidren's Cancer Awareness Month, supporters are encouraged to make contributions to St. Jude's as a means to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Every year Country Music Cares does this with over 1k industry-ites gathering to support the cause.  This year featured performances from Country Music Hall of FameRandy Owen of Alabama, four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, Clare Bowen and Charles Esten of CMT's Nashville. Videos and photos of special moments from Country Music Cares were shared throughout and in between performances. Additionally; special guest and presenter Kael presented Owen with a gift thanking him for over 28 years of work with Country Music Cares for St. Jude Kids.    
THE STAGECOACH LINEUP IS HERE
9/13/17
The lineup for Indio's 12th iteration of applauded country music festival Stagecoach has been revealed. Set for 4/27-29 (the slot that typically follows Coachella), Florida Georgia Line will headline on Friday, Keith Urban's got Saturday and Garth Brooks is scheduled to wrap things up nicely on Sunday.Lee Brice, Jake Owen, Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Young, Chris Lane, Brothers Osborne, Midland and more make up the rest of the bill. Get all the names in the official flyer below.A new stage this year—sponsored by SiriusXM—will spotlight up-and-coming talent like Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde, Seth Ennis, Runaway June and Jordan Davis. In another first, SiriusXM will also broadcast live from the festival.With three-day, general admission priced at $329, festival passes will go on sale on 9/22 at 11am PDT. Click here for more info.For what it's worth, you know an event is worth going to when the official press release specifically states that brisket, ribs and pulled pork will be on site in abundance. Be still, our (potentially slower-than-normal) beating hearts.
LUKE LENDS A HAND
9/13/17
It was just announced that Capitol Nashville star Luke Bryan, who's serving as part of the celebrity phone bank at tonight's Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon special, has made tickets available to members of Hurricane Harvey’s first responder teams to attend his Houston concert next Friday (9/22). Bryan will be donating proceeds from that show, which is scheduled to take place at the Cynthia Woods Pavilion, to the Houston Community Fund.
STRICKLAND EXITING WMN
9/12/17
Warner Music Nashville Chief Marketing Officer Peter Strickland will be exiting the label, first transitioning to a consultancy with WMN through October and subsequently pursuing other opportunities. He can be reached at pbstrickland@me.com.
LONELY AND GONE: TROY GENTRY FINDS THE SKY TOO SOON
9/9/17
By Holly Gleason Troy Gentry’s heart was like how he lived: wide open, full-tilt, up for anything. He loved just about everybody, worked hard to make people happy and never met an adventure, honky-tonk, all-night party or hardcore hillbilly rocker he didn’t like. ...Read More
AMERICANA WALK
9/7/17
Here we find two more key players in American roots music, Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller, perusing a copy of Woman Walk the Line by our own Nashville correspondent, Holly Gleason. Holly joined the pair for a two-hour conversation about the acclaimed volume and its venerable subjects on their joint radio series, The Buddy & Jim Show, on SiriusXM's Outlaw Country, premiering tomorrow night (9/9) at 10pm and running all week. Meanwhile, legendary broadcaster Bob Kingsley is featuring the book on his Country Top 40 show, syndicated on 350 stations, this weekend. Holly will be moderating a panel on Friday at the Americana Music Festival and Conference at the Westin. More details here. Lauderdale, as you doubtless know, will host the confab for the 15th time. Among the panel's other participants: No Depression's Kim Ruehl, historian Holly George Warren, Fisk poet-in-residence Caroline Randall Williams, Pulitzer Prize winner Wendy Pearl. And check out Holly's Woman Walk the Line Spotify playlist below.
SHELTON AND HUNT HIT THE PLAYA
9/7/17
It's been announced that Blake Shelton and Sam Hunt will join Luke Bryan for the fourth annual Luke Bryan's Crash My Playa event, which is set for 1/17-1/20 in Riviera Maya, Mexico.Bryan will be delivering two headlining sets during the fans' four-night, all inclusive vacation, while Shelton and Hunt will each headline of the nightly concerts. And, once on site, we're told the toughest decision anyone will have to make is whether they should go with whiskey or tequila.Limited packages for the destination shindig, which sold out three years in a row, are still available. Click here for more details.
INSIDE-THE-BOX THINKING
9/6/17
Broken Bow's Dustin Lynch visits the NYC offices of Pandora, where the digital giant's VP Artist Marketing, Industry Relations Jeff Z and Head of Country Music Programming Rachel Whitney break the news that this photo will be appearing on our website. Several Fireball shots later, they were almost over it. Lynch currently has the #1 country song on the the service's Top Spins Chart and #11  all-genre song with "Small Town Boy." The single appears on his album Current Mood, out Friday (9/8).
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